May 11, 2018: CAPITOL PUBLIC RADIO - Governor Brown To Release Updated California Budget Proposal

May 11, 2018

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By Ben Adler

California Gov. Jerry Brown will release his revised budget proposal Friday morning, with state revenues pouring into coffers billions of dollars above projections. That sets up a debate over what to do with all that extra money.

The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office says there is “significant new revenue available” without constitutional constraints. That troubles Sen. Jim Nielsen, the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee.

"That money is a temptation to spend money that will create future obligations," Nielsen said. "When there is a downturn and less revenue, then we’re gonna be in trouble.”

But Democratic Sen. Holly Mitchell — who chairs that committee — said the state must address some of its systemic needs, such as early childhood education, homelessness and health care.

“We’re strategically looking at areas — not where we’re trying to expand government — but where we’re reinvesting in programs that the Legislature of the past decade had to cut,” Mitchell said.

The governor is expected to favor one-time spending over permanent increases.